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Tesla’s electric car sales top 11,000 in Q2

Sales don't always mean profit, as record sales in the previous quarter couldn't stave off a $154 million loss

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Electric car maker Tesla’s second-quarter deliveries surged 52 per cent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company had surpassed 10,000 vehicles for the first time in the first three months of the year and on Thursday said it had broken that record, delivering 11,507 vehicles.

Tesla makes only one car, the Model S sedan, but CEO Elon Musk said last month he expects to begin deliveries of an SUV, the Model X, in three or four months. Tesla began 2015 with 20,000 reservations for the Model X. The company has said it plans to deliver 55,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs this year.

The car maker cautioned on July 3 that record deliveries are not an indicator of overall financial results. The company has consistently lost money as it ramps up production. Despite record sales in the first quarter, Tesla lost $154 million.

Musk has said the company hopes to reveal a prototype of its next vehicle, the Model 3 sedan, in March. The new model will cost around half the $70,000 starting price of a Model S and will likely go on sale at the end of 2017.

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